Monday, 25 September 2017

Lorries ignoring one-way street rule

LORRIES are being driven in the wrong direction along a Henley one-way street, it has been claimed.

A meeting of the town council’s traffic advisory committee heard that drivers of heavy goods vehicles were flouting the restriction on the section of Friday Street from its junction with Queen Street to its junction with Reading Road.

The problem is caused by drivers heading west along Thames Side who, when they encounter heavy traffic, turn right into Friday Street with the intention of taking a shortcut through Queen Street to Station Road.

However, when they reach the end of Friday Street’s two-way section, they cannot turn left into Queen Street because it is too narrow and they cannot reverse or turn around, so their only option is to drive in the wrong direction along the one-way section.

Councillor David Eggleton said he had witnessed offenders three times in the past month.

Henley Mayor Julian Brookes said: “Once they’ve gone down Friday Street, they’re stuck. There’s no way they can then get into Queen Street — they are simply too big.”

The committee discussed several solutions, including extending the one-way restriction to the whole of Friday Street or attaching warning signs to the lamp posts in Thames Side.

But Keith Stenning, area steward for Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, said: “We have anecdotal evidence of a problem but that isn’t enough to justify doing anything.

“You don’t need to engineer a knee-jerk solution to every problem as soon as it presents itself. For now, we should continue to monitor this locally.”

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